“Write the vision and make it plain,” many quote it, some actually write it, but then what?
When it comes to goal setting or writing visions for our future, there are many people who quote this scripture, Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV), which says “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
While, we love this verse, we love verse 3 even more!
Habakkuk 2:3 in the New Living Translation says: “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”
We love that promise from the Lord. However, notice this verse makes it clear that our vision is our future.
The Difference Between Our Vision And Our Dreams
Our vision for our future is what many call our dreams. Dreams are the visions we have for ourselves. A life we see ourselves living that we are not living right now. It doesn’t matter how far fetch it may seem to you or to others. This is why they’re called dreams.
Now, what makes our dreams become realities; are the goals we set towards our dreams. Therefore, our goals are the stepping stones necessary to meet our dreams. And since goals are stepping stones, that means there are stepping stones to our goals. And stepping stones are called; daily activities.
In essence, what we do daily, should help us reach our goals, and our goals should ultimately help us meet our dreams.
While Habakkuk 2 tells us to write the vision and make it plain, it’s important for us to know that to ultimately achieve the vision, we must take two more steps.
We want to set measurable goals and daily activities to help us meet those goals.
Setting Measurable Goals
For example, if your dream is to own a home, then this represents your future. Now, we must write down some measurable goals to help us fulfill this dream.
In this example, measurable goals could be the following. To open a savings account, and identify a location where you want to live. Applying for a loan; or save enough money to buy a home with cash.
Now that we have measurable goals, we must plan daily activities that will help us meet these goals. Using the example above, our daily activities could be: identify a loan officer to obtain pre-approval, hire a realtor to help identity the area you want to live, open a savings account to begin saving towards your home or down payment.
In the process of meeting your measurable goals, be careful not to fall down the slippery slope. The slippery slope here is getting anxious when we don’t see our dreams come to pass fast enough.
In this example, if you were declined for a mortgage loan; it does not mean you will not own a home. However, daily activities would be modified to help you reach your measurable goals. (I.e. fix your credit, save more money, pay off debt, etc.).
The point is, whatever God puts in your heart as your dream, your vision for yourself, God tells you in Habakkuk to wait for it, that it will surely come!
So you got big dreams? Then take the time to write down measurable goals and set daily activities to achieve those goals. Before you know it, in God’s perfect timing, your dreams will become your reality.
~ André and Timberley Gray